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Communities In Schools Board Proceeds with National Search for President & CEO

CIS Executive Leaders Steven McCullough & Debra Montanino Named as Interim Co-CEOs

By Communities In Schools May 27, 2016

The National Board of Communities In Schools (CIS) has approved further steps in a comprehensive plan, previously developed by its search and transition committee, to guide the search for a new President and CEO of the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization.

That national search is currently underway and is being carried out in partnership with the executive search firm, Korn Ferry. Individuals interested in this opportunity should direct their inquiries to:

While the search process is underway, Chief Strategy Officer Debra Montanino and Chief Operations Officer Steven McCullough will share interim leadership responsibilities. This is consistent with the management structure currently in place under which all of the organization’s key departments report directly to the two leaders. 

“Our top priority in the search is to identify a seasoned leader who will build on the strong foundation that has been carefully laid over the past decade for the organization’s growth, national prominence and impact,” said CIS National Board Chair Elaine Wynn.

Wynn serves on the search and transition committee with fellow board members John Ettinger and Donna Weiss, who serve as co-chairs of the committee, as well as board members Chris Allwin, Dan Domenech and Bill Milliken.

Communities In Schools currently serves 1.5 million K-12 students and their families every year by operating in more than 2,300 schools in the most challenged communities of 25 states and the District of Columbia.  

A new impact report cites the organization’s strengths and accomplishments:

  • Among CIS case-managed students, 99% stayed in school, 93% of eligible seniors graduated and 93% of K-11 students were promoted to the next grade.
  • CIS recently completed its thirteenth independent evaluation, providing some of the nation’s most powerful validation and evidence about what works for disadvantaged students.
  • As the result of a seven-year, network-wide change in operations designed to drive quality implementation of the CIS model at scale, CIS achieved a 25% increase in efficiency, 20% student growth and 35% increase in graduation rates of CIS students.
  • CIS successfully advocated for the inclusion of Integrated Student Supports or Wraparound Services in federal legislation (Title I and IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA). For the first time in federal legislation, ISS now is an integral part of public education.

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.